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We're CGS and we build futures.


We build them with all sorts of people

at all ages and stages of their careers,

some working, some not working,

some forced not to work.


We meet first a bundle of emotions

which becomes in conversation

a real and uniquely talented person

with whom we work to build futures

in all shapes and sizes.


The common factor is that each future

is the right one for the client

because s/he's the one making

the choices which build them.


    CGS exists to address two questions: How should I think about the rest of my career? and What should I do about it?  Click here to see how we set about finding the answers.


  • CGS offers a completely personal, tailored, open-ended outplacement to senior executives and professionals; also mentoring services to CEOs and senior leaders. 

  • The CEO's agenda today is very different from say three years ago, and vastly so compared with a decade ago.  But the things that s/he had to do then still have to be done now; and the magical force of gravity means that all this work and responsibility drop down a level.  But have the people there been trained for it?  I doubt it.  Can they ask for help and support from superiors or colleagues?  Yes, at risk of being seen as weak or incompetent.  The result has been a steady growth in demand for coaching and mentoring, giving a safe place to discuss with a seriously experienced third party all that is on one's mind.  We see this in our own business, with new clients asking for such support.


As so often in this spot, it's a book.  This time it's Nicholas Shakespeare's "Six Minutes in May", the definitive riposte to anyone who thinks that life is, or ought to be, fair.  It's about how Winston Churchill made such a disaster of the Norway campaign in early 1940 - that he became Prime Minister.  And, since seven years later he wrote what passed for many years as the definitive history, very few people know what really happened there.  Churchill himself reflected, "You may do a wise thing and it will turn out most badly; you may do a foolish thing and it will save your life." From the world's point of view the latter was certainly the case.


Uncle Rod's Deathless One-Liners

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